I am a born again believer. I am not afraid to share my faith. "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven." Matthew 10:33
In this passage, the people were complaining about how it is not fair. They were told that it was there fault for not being faithful. They were told to repent. God wanted them to repent and gave encouragement to them. God did not want them to be separated and eventually gave Jesus to us to show his love.
I want to have more faith this year and not worry as much. God wants us to put our faith in him and not just complain about it.
2 Chronicles 36: 1-21
Do we follow God like we should? The people of Judah had been given warnings but did not listen. They were taken captive because they did not watch what was happening around them. God had sent people to warn them many times but they did not listen.
Just like me, I know that something is bad for me but I still want to do it. Just like the people of Judah, I have to pay for what I chose to. Not because God is mean or cruel but because he is just. He is like a father and corrects us because he loves us.
Mark 14:36 New International Version (NIV)36 “Abba,[a] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Whew! Jesus is such a better person than I am. I would be telling God I can not do this. I am sure the angels were waiting on Jesus to say come get me. But Jesus did not do that. He willing went to the garden and waited on the soldiers to get him. There was another way out of that garden. He could have ran but instead stayed and even showed mercy to the solder and reattached his ear. He willingly went to the cross and died for use. He knew what was about to take place and he was willing to do what was needed alone.
Sometimes I do not take into consideration the following verses:
John 15:17-19 King James Version (KJV)17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Verse 18- they will hate you because they do not understand you. We are not of the this world and it is time to stop acting like it. I show love to others not because I always love them but because God created them in his image. I love them and hate the sin in their life. It can be hard when the person spews hate at me but I have to remember that God judges not me.
Deuteronomy 6:13 New International Version (NIV)
13 Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.
Your main focus should be on God. I have so many things that I have to do on a regular day , that I sadly (and I am embarrassed about it ) do not always put God first. He can come in last and that is not the way that it needs to be. He is the creator and the maker of all things. He was , is and always will be the mighty reigning King.
Deuteronomy 6:16 New International Version (NIV)16 Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.
Who else has said to God “ I am not sure what to do. I am a person that needs clear instruction. If this is your will, make it clear to me.” Everytime for me , a friend may say something or another person will and I am like opps… should not have done that. Testing him is not a way to show faith in him.